You're anxious, upset, and completely stressed out. Your mind is racing about finances, health, work, family, relationships… Your heart is beating out of your chest, you feel like you can’t breathe, you’re picturing the absolute worst, and you wish you could just chill out!
Whether you have a diagnosed anxiety disorder or are just really feeling it right now, you may have considered medication—but you might be worried about the side effects, cost, or stigma behind prescription drugs.
Thankfully, you have options to explore. There are many safe, drug-free remedies for stress and anxiety that come right from the ground.
Since ancient times, people have been taking natural plant medicine. They started with natural herbs, often homegrown, which were usually brewed into teas and tonics.
Nowadays, plant medicine has become more sophisticated and is available in all sorts of pills, capsules, liquids and of course teas of all sorts.
Some start working right away, while others may help lessen anxiety over time.
Not sure where to begin? Here are the 3 best natural supplements for anxiety.
Rhodiola is a potent and powerful adaptogen, a non toxic herb that works to counteract stress in the body. It’s used to promote good health, strength, endurance and physical and mental performance.
It’s long been studied for its therapeutic properties especially when it comes to stress and it’s many symptoms. One of the most interesting benefits of Rhodiola is its ability to counteract fatigue. In an 8-week long study, 100 participants with chronic fatigue symptoms supplemented with 400mg of Rhodiola daily. Within 1 week, their symptoms improved and continued to improve for the duration of the study.
Taking Rhodiola for stress on a regular basis can also produce other benefits like boosting your immune system function and decreasing inflammation.
Rhodiola is relatively safe and well tolerated.
Much like Rhodiola, Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that helps enhance your body’s ability to tolerate physical and mental stress.
Research suggests that Ashwagandha has anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antistress, and antioxidant properties making it a powerhouse plant for supporting your health.
Research supports the use of Ashwagandha as an effective way to manage stress. In one study, participants were given 240 mg Ashwagandha daily for 60 days and their stress levels were monitored regularly.
The results indicate that supplementing with Ashwagandha was strongly associated with greater reductions in stress, anxiety, and depression. Ashwagandha was also linked to a 23% reduction in morning levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.
Ashwagandha is considered a safe herb and is well tolerated.